November 2016 Monthly Round-Up

November 2016 monthly round-up

November Reading / Life

  • This month was all about Nonfiction November and I was reminded that this really is my favorite blogging event out there! I love taking a break from my regular reading patterns and ARCs to focus entirely on nonfiction. And, I love discovering new blogs and new books. Check out all my Nonfiction November discoveries here.
  • Despite all this nonfiction, my favorite book of the month was a novel I tacked on right at the end (Before the Wind) thanks to Catherine at Gilmore Guide.
  • But, I was thrilled with all the nonfiction I read and listened to and there wasn’t a single disappointing book in the bunch….my favorite being Five Days at Memorial.
  • On a less positive note, we’ve been dealing with serious water damage at our house. We’re living in a construction zone and devoting more time than I would like to the repair process, which means less time for reading. Boo!
  • On Thanksgiving, I ran my first running race (a hilly 5K Turkey Trot) in a year. Since I started focusing more on triathlon, I haven’t entered pure running races nearly as often as I used to. But, I’ve been working on my running technique this Fall and was anxious to see how it would translate to a race. My time was about 25 seconds faster than last year’s and just 5 seconds off my all-time best on that course (which was set right after training for a half marathon, when I was running a lot more than I am now), which was good for 3rd in my age group! But, the best part was that the run felt easier and smoother than ever before. Progress, ya’ll.

Best Book of the Month

Before the Wind by Jim Lynch (April 19, 2016)
Fiction, 309 Pages
Affiliate Link: Buy from Amazon
Review coming…

Most Popular November Posts

Nonfiction November 2016: Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings Link-Up
Books That Make Perfect Holiday Gifts 2016
Nonfiction November 2016: Be the Expert…Dysfunctional Childhood Memoirs

Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers

  • It’s Best Books of the Year list time and Books are my Favourite and Best is compiling all those lists in one place. Plus, she’ll be sharing the books that pop up again and again under #allthelists.
  • Since I haven’t seen a movie in at least five years, Rory at Fourth Street Review‘s The Cinematic Glory of My Teenage Years post was right up my alley. Blue Crush, Sweet Home Alabama, She’s All That; yep, yep, yep.
  • Ya’ll know I have a soft spot for dysfunctional family books…so, Susie at Novel Visits‘ list of 10 Novels About Families grew my TBR list.
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23 Comments

  1. Thanks for the mention Sarah! I’m part way through compiling the list of books that appear on multiple lists – a few surprises there, I think! (I’ll post it next week).

    Posted 12.1.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Yay – looking forward to it!

      Posted 12.2.16 Reply
  2. Sarah, thanks so much for the shout out! I’m glad you like dysfunctional families as much as I do. I’m about a third of the way into Before the Wind and loving it.

    Posted 12.1.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      So glad to hear that! I can’t believe that book hasn’t gotten more attention and I’m so glad you gave it a shot.

      Posted 12.2.16 Reply
  3. Ugh, I hope they get your repairs done quickly. Living with that is a pain.

    Posted 12.1.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Yep, yep.

      Posted 12.2.16 Reply
  4. Congrats on the race! Awesome accomplishments. I think I’m devoting 2017 to duathlons (no swimming for me 🙂 And I love all the “Best Books of the Year” lists, so I’m off to check out that link.

    Posted 12.1.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      That’s great! I was a swimmer growing up, so my triathlon would really stink without that leg! Wish they had some duathlons with swimming and biking!

      Posted 12.2.16 Reply
  5. I’m totally doing Nonfiction November next year. Congrats on your race, and I hope your house gets fixed soon. House problems are the worst.

    Posted 12.1.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Yay – glad to hear that!

      Posted 12.2.16 Reply
  6. Overall it sounds like you had a great reading/running month! Good luck with the water damage. Have a great December and Happy Holidays!

    Posted 12.1.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Thanks and happy holidays to you too!

      Posted 12.2.16 Reply
  7. Congrats on the 5K Turkey Trot. I’ve never been much for running but have always admired people who have the motivation for it. Have a wonderful December!

    Posted 12.1.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Thank you and have a great holiday as well!

      Posted 12.2.16 Reply
  8. Toady wrote:

    It looks like you had a great month. I like dysfunctional families myself, so I will be sure to visit Suzie’s post.

    Posted 12.2.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      They make great reading, don’t they?!

      Posted 12.2.16 Reply
  9. OMG, water damage is no fun! We just finished dealing with that and a bunch of reconstruction. We moved back in last weekend. It’s slow and frustrating. Just take it one day at a time.

    Posted 12.2.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Oh no! I’m so sorry for you (and anyone that’s had to deal with water damage)! Glad it’s over for you. We’re still waiting to see if we have to move out.

      Posted 12.2.16 Reply
  10. Oh no! Good luck dealing with the repairs! I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed nonfiction November so much. It’s my favorite reading event too, so I’m excited we could make it happen this year 🙂

    Posted 12.3.16 Reply
  11. Thanks for the links, especially Rory’s, which I want to share with my wife, who loves many of those movies. I’ll have to check the Best Books of the Year lists too. I don’t read a lot of new books, but always good to know what I’m missing (which I know is a lot).

    Posted 12.4.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I like your wife’s move taste!

      Posted 12.5.16 Reply
  12. Congratulations on the race! So awesome! And I am very sorry about the water damage — I hope y’all are able to get it taken care of soon and that everything’s okay.

    Posted 12.5.16 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Thanks! And things are much better this week than last 🙂

      Posted 12.5.16 Reply

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